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Birth Control, Illustrated By A Turn-Of-The-Century Postcard

Birth Control Postcard

Did you know that every time you take your birth control pill, a tiny Victorian woman in your uterus hits a baby-carrying stork with an umbrella, and that’s why you don’t get pregnant? It’s true. This turn-of-the-century postcard knows what’s up. [Tumblr]

Congressional Republicans Willing To Let Government Shutdown Over Birth Control In Obamacare

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  • What’s more important: letting your boss refuse to cover your birth control pills in your health care plan or the jobs of 800,000 federal workers? You guessed right — it’s your boss’s input on your family planning decisions! Oh, Lord, I just can’t anymore with Republicans. [CNN, Washington Post]
  • India is looking to more closely regulate its surrogacy industry, in which low-income women are hired to carry a pregnancy to term for couples in wealthier parts of the world. [New York Daily News]
  • Arizona has asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling that the AZ ban on abortion after 20 weeks in unconstitutional. [RH Reality Check]
  • Six teenagers in Stockholm, Sweden have been cleared in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl. [The Local] Keep reading »

True Story: I Only Use The Pullout Method

On The Pullout Method
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The pullout method is *almost* as effective as condoms, study says. Read More »
Real Talk: Birth Control
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Part one of our Real Talk on real women's birth control options. Read More »
Birth Control Myths
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Bigger boobs and weight gain are birth control myths. Read More »
True Story: I Only Use The Pullout Method

According to New York magazine, sexually active hetero women in their 20s and 30s are heretofore dubbed the “pullout generation.” We’ve earned this moniker because, for various reasons, we’ve turned up our noses at “conventional forms of birth control,” from the the Pill to condoms, and started relying on the withdrawal method to avoid pregnancy. The article suggests some of the reasons why we are shunning BC — from noxious side effects of the Pill, to prohibitive costs, to pressure from men not to use condoms, to putting more focus on our sexual pleasure — but the more troubling part, perhaps, is that we’re “reluctant to admit [it], even after a few cocktails.”

I will attest to this. I only use the pullout method, but am loathe to say so to my Pill loyalist friends or my gyno, who I’m convinced will give me a finger-wagging lecture. I’m in my 30s! While I’m not actively looking to be a parent right this minute, an unplanned pregnancy also would not ruin my life. There seems to be this pervasive idea that it’s ignorant or irresponsible not to use conventional birth control. After all, you’re relying on someone else to act swiftly. Keep reading »

Poll: Do You Regularly Use The “Pullout Method” As Contraception?

On The Pullout Method
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The pullout method is *almost* as effective as condoms, study says. Read More »
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Adam Levine advocates (I think?) the pull-out method of birth control. Read More »
Birth Control Myths
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Bigger boobs and weight gain are birth control myths. Read More »

Let’s talk about sex ba-by…

According to a new study in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, one in three young women are using withdrawal — aka “the pull out method” — as a regular form of contraception.

Withdrawal requires the male to pull his penis out of the female’s vagina (hopefully) before he ejaculates during sex, thus minimizing chance of pregnancy. While this is not an ideal method of birth control, it’s apparently pretty commonplace — and surprisingly, considered by some experts to be almost as effective as condoms.

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Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 2

Real Talk: Birth Control
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Part one of our Real Talk on real women's birth control options. Read More »
On Birth Control
This woman uses birth control for medical reasons. Read More »
Birth Control Myths
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Bigger boobs and weight gain are birth control myths. Read More »
real women talk about birth control

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The first half of our conversation about contraception ran yesterday.

The participants are:

  • Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You can find them on Twitter, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and many other social media platforms as ‘rosefox’.
  • Carrie Murphy is a poet, freelance writer, and birth doula. She tweets @carriemurph.
  • Patricia Valoy is a civil engineer, writer for Everyday Feminism, and host for Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. You can find her on Twitter or read her blog on feminist issues from the perspective of a Latina. Keep reading »

Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 1

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Permanent Birth Control
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real women talk about birth control

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The second half of our conversation about contraception will run tomorrow.

The participants are:

  • Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You can find them on Twitter, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and many other social media platforms as ‘rosefox’.
  • Carrie Murphy is a poet, freelance writer, and birth doula. She tweets @carriemurph.
  • Patricia Valoy is a civil engineer, writer for Everyday Feminism, and host for Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. You can find her on Twitter or read her blog on feminist issues from the perspective of a Latina. Keep reading »

Weight Gain And Bigger Boobs Are Birth Control Myths

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Access to contraception is a human right, the United Nations declared. Read More »
Free BC, Fewer Abortions
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Free birth control means fewer abortions, says study. Read More »
Permanent Birth Control
Your arguments against our permanent birth control are BS. Read More »

There goes my excuse for the Freshmen 15. Only three to four percent of women actually gain weight on the birth control pill, according to Dr. Anne Burke, associate professor of gynecology at Johns Hopkins. The pounds you think you pack on from the pill could actually be from those cafeteria fries, or the six shots of whipped cream vodka, or … puberty. As the blog Her Campus reports, “Many girls begin taking the Pill at a time in their lives when weight gain happens naturally — during adolescence and while in college. So, if you gain weight while on the Pill, it’s important to look at different factors that could be causing you to gain weight.” Another birth control myth? Bigger tits! According to Dr. Burke this side effect is also “very rare.” Instead, nausea, headaches, mood changes, bleeding in between periods, and breast tenderness are the wonderful side effects that you’re more likely to experience on the pill. Lucky us. [Her Campus] [Photo of big breasts via Shutterstock]

Roman Polanski Gripes The Birth Control Pill Has “Masculinized” Women

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I know you care about the opinions of a man who, in 1977, gave a Quaalude and champagne to a 13-year-old girl before he raped her. This weekend, filmmaker Roman Polanski said that the birth control pill has “masculinized” women and taken the “romance” out of our lives. You know, the romance of yore, like giving drugs and alcohol to 8th grade girls. Keep reading »

Women Don ’60s “Mad Men” Costumes To Protest North Carolina Birth Control Refusal Bill

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... for STD testing? Are you serious? Read More »
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  • North Carolina’s state house is set to debate a bill that would allow employers to refuse coverage of employees’ birth control. In protest, a bunch of women dressed up in ’60s-era “Mad Men” garb and sat in the audience! [RH Reality Check, Huffington Post]
  • A bakery in Oregon is refusing to provide a cake to lesbian brides. Oh this again?. [Raw Story]
  • The White House is taking proactive steps to lower the wage gap between male and female federal workers. [AL.com]
  • The director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office said that sexism needs to be taken as seriously as racism within the military. Hear, hear! [USA Today]
  • Meanwhile, a soldier who was to set up a sexual assault prevention program in Texas has been arrested for “abusive sexual contact.” Facepalm. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »

Your Slutty Behavior Is Killing Flowers (Or Something?)

You probably didn’t know that by taking the birth control pill, you are directly contributing to lethal experimentation, euthanasia, poverty, and crime. Well, this flower/weed graphic discovered by feminist blogger Jessica Valenti on One More Soul, a Christian website promoting chastity until opposite-sex marriage, will set you straight. Only through chastity will you have a strong family life. Anything else that sounds remotely fun is SEXUAL CHAOS!

Well. I happen to like dandelions. So … [Feministing]

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